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February 28, 1931


JAMA. 1931;96(9):706-707. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720350058024

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Stricter Regulations for Prescribing Opiates  On the basis of section 5 of the opium act of Dec. 10, 1929, the federal ministry of the interior, with the approval of the federal council, issued, under date of Dec. 19, 1930, a decree that establishes more strict regulations pertaining to the prescribing and dispensing of opiates and cocaine. Medicines that contain these substances may be prescribed only by physicians, dentists and veterinarians and then only on medical indications. Medicines that contain more than one narcotic may not be prescribed, nor medicines that contain coca leaves or preparations of coca leaves or an ester of morphine other than heroin. There is also a prohibition against prescribing various narcotics in substance; also against medicines that contain more than 15 per cent of morphine or heroin or the like.The quantity that may be prescribed for a patient in one day is restricted. If the

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